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Steve Murdock, Texas scholar who headed Census Bureau, dies


HOUSTON (AP) — Steve Murdock, a former state demographer of Texas who served one year as the director of the U.S. Census Bureau, during which he helped keep the 2010 census on track, has died. He was 75. Murdock died last Friday, according to Rice University in Houston, where he spent nearly a decade until his retirement in 2019. After being nominated to head the nation’s largest statistical agency by President George W. Bush, Murdock served in the job from January 2008 to January 2009, when he vacated the position with a change in administrations following the election of President Barack Obama.

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